Urban Legends of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code
This led Mr. Keenan to unearth the following "urban legends" of our Motor Vehicle Code:
- Barefoot Driving. There is nothing in Michigan's driving laws that prohibits driving without footwear. In fact, a good argument could be made that a driver has even better control of the vehicle while driving barefoot. I know that, from time-to-time, I have the occasion to drive barefoot. It does feel like I have better control in moving between the brake and the gas pedal.
- Riding in a Trailer. Again, nothing in the Motor Vehicle Code proscribes someone from riding in a trailer being towed by a vehicle, regardless of the type of hitch. Nor is two-way communication required between driver and rider, which is also part of this urban legend. One issue that could arise, however, is if a child is in the trailer, a child seat would be required.
- Driving with Headphones. The Motor Vehicle Code does not specifically prohibit the use of headphones or earbuds; even Dr. Dre's "Beats". However, to the extent that it interferes with the driver's ability to process available auditory clues of certain situations, it could lead to a citation for careless, or even reckless driving, depending on the circumstances.
- "Suicide Knobs". You know, those goofy attachments to your steering wheel, that supposedly help individuals with certain handicaps steer the vehicle. When used at high speeds, these devices promote "drifting". Nevertheless, they are not illegal. In some instances, however, if the vehicle is used in construction or for hauling material, it may be an OSHA violation.